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Welcome to Mr. Robert Barminski's Fall 2006 syllabus for
GEL-1 - Physical Geology
Course:   GEL-1 - Physical Geology
Section:   5080, 5081, 5082
Division:   Science
Class Location:   Merrill M-12
Class Times:   MWF 10:00-10:50 Lab M 12-2:50, W 12-2:50, Th 11-1:50 (Lab M-8)
Optional field trips will be scheduled outside of class. Rock On! Instuctor is advisor for the Natural Science Club so join the club.
Instructor:   Mr. Robert Barminski
Instructor's email:   rbarmins@hartnell.edu and rbarminski@aol.com
Office Location:   Merill 9
Office Hours:   Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11 to Noon
Phone:   831-770-7056


Introduction
Geology is an art and a science. That means imagination and creativity are part of Geology.


Course Description
A survey of the nature and structure of the materials composing the earth and the various processes that have shaped and are shaping its surface. The course includes plate tectonics, faults and earthquakes, volcanoes, land forms, minerals, rocks, and geologic maps.


Course Objectives
Instill in student knowledge and understanding of geology principles. Develop student?s appreciation of geology as a science. Exercise use of scientific attitudes and skills.



Assignments
A syllabus will be distributed in class with the coursae schedule.


Required Course Material
Text: Lutgens & Tarbuck, Earth, Eighth Edition. Recommended: Dictionary of Geology American Geological Institute. Bring text to class. Supplies: three ring binder for notes, labs, and handouts, SCANTRON Form 882 for quizzes and tests, SCANTRON Form 886 for Final Exam, pencil, good eraser, good attitude, colored pencils, dictionary, calculator.



Optional Course Material
Optional field trips to be announced, possibilities include Point Lobos, San Andreas fault, Pinnacles, and coastal trips.

Extra Credit: Limited to outside activities such as geology lectures and field trips.


Grading Procedures
Grades are based on quizzes, tests, final exam, newspaper article, notebook, and optional research paper or field trips as follows:

Activity Points earned Points possible Notes
4 quizzes 200
3 tests 300
News Article 50
Notebook 50
Final 100
Lab 300
Total 1000
Optional Paper or field trip 50-100
Letter grades are based on percentages: > 90%=A, 80-89%=B, 70-79%=C, 60-69%=D



Class Policies
Interactive learning rather than lecture format, be prepared to participate and ask questions. Keep distractions to a minimum. No weapons of mass distraction (cell phones, Ipods).



Resources
Attendance: In accordance with Hartnell policy. 3 tardies = 1 absence. Excessive absences and tardies will lower your grade. Good attendance and participation will raise your grade.